Short mat bowls: Minty’s form rewarded with England call-up

Following the recent trials, David Lamb of Halvergate has once again been named in the England squad for the forthcoming winter season.

Better known, predictably, as Minty Lamb on the short mat bowls circuit he is current Norfolk Pairs County Champion and has also lifted four other county titles over the last three years.

With this season's British Isles Championships scheduled to be played at the prestigious Potter's Leisure Resort at Hopton-on-Sea on November 17 and 18, Lamb's aim will be to secure selection for this year's biggest event. The other two Norfolk stars that also played for England last season will be missing from the squad this year. Young Wymondham ace Chris Mann decided not to trial this year while Bob Carter skip Melvin Woods was not selected.

Following their last Summer League Division One away game, when they hammered Hevingham, Wymondham did it again as they crushed Kirby Bedon B 8-0 on their own mats. In the first half Pauline Wilson, making her debut for Kirby B, with Peter Johnson and Gerald Chilvers began well leading Andrew Stratton, Jack Barrett and Debbie Phillips by 9-7 after 11 ends but failed to score another shot as Phillips' triple finished in style to win 16-9.

On the other mat Mark Linsdell, Jon Sparham and Chris Mann also won for the visitors despite trailing by 7-2 after eight ends.


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A change of playing order worked wonders for Wymondham with Sparham and Mann changing positions. Joe Brown's Kirby triple only scored one shot after the change while the Wymondham triple ran out 14-8 winners. After the break Shirley Brown, Jimmy Dye and Joe Brown fought hard against Debbie Phillips' triple but conceded three shots on the very last end to lose 13-9.

On Kirby's infamous mat two Jon Sparham's triple started how they left off in the first half and hammered Jackie Tunmore, Peter Johnson and Gerald Chilvers by 23-1. 17-0 up after 11 ends the Wymondham triple were unstoppable and actually gifted the Kirby triple with their only shot of the game when Sparham pushed up a Kirby bowl onto the jack with his last bowl of the twelfth end.

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